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Nominations Open for Election to LCDC and Secretariat (Community and Voluntary Seats)

One of the main roles of the PPN is to provide a nominating structure to elect community representatives onto decision making committees. The PPN is tasked with electing external (Non-public sector) members to the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) in Dublin City. There is currently 1 vacancy available under the Community and Voluntary Pillar for the LCDC.  It is also seeking to fill 1 vacant seat for the Community and Voluntary Pillar on the Dublin City PPN Secretariat, which is the administrative body of the PPN.

Groups are now being requested to nominate suitable candidates. Groups registered within the Community & Voluntary pillar can nominate a representative to the LCDC and Secretariat.  Nominations must be made using the appropriate form; LCDC Nomination Form 27th November 2017PPN Secretariat Nomination Form 27th November 2017 (to be submitted no later than 5pm on Wednesday 22nd November 2017), and candidates being nominated should have the relevant knowledge, experience, commitment and meet the qualifying criteria for the role (listed below).

Role of the LCDC:
The LCDCs were established in all local authority administrative areas ‘for the purposes of developing, coordinating and implementing a coherent and integrated approach to local and community development’. Since July 2014 the LCDC has responsibility for strategic planning and oversight of local and community development interventions at City level. It is responsible, in conjunction with Dublin City Council, for developing a 6 year Local Economic and Community Plan for the City and pulling together on an area basis a range of local and community development spending from different programmes and structures. Following a period of consultation in June 2015 a Dublin City Local Economic and Community Plan 2016 – 2021 was adapted with twelve high level goals. An action plan to achieve specific objectives under each of the high level goals will be developed on an annual basis. Further information on the LCDC is available on

In order to ensure that representation is informed and based on knowledge of the policy area and on commitment to the PPN, the following criteria for PPN representation will apply:
• An awareness of general policy in the Community and Voluntary Sector
• The ability of the nominee to effectively represent the views of the entire PPN linkage group. They are not representing their own organisation.
• A knowledge of the relevant areas and plenary decisions and a commitment to policy
development where necessary.
• A commitment to attending all meetings of the LCDC
• A commitment to convene, attend and report back to the linkage group relevant to the committee you are sitting on
• A commitment to issuing a report on each meeting for publication by the PPN Coordinator
• All LCDC members are required to maintain proper standards of integrity, conduct and concern for the public interest.
• No more than one board member and/or employee of any single community or voluntary organisation, community development body or local development body will be validated for membership of the LCDC

Role of the Secretariat:
The Dublin City PPN Secretariat is made up of nine members with three members drawn from each pillar: Social Inclusion; Community & Voluntary; Environment. The role of the Secretariat is to:
• Identify, coordinate and facilitate activities of the PPN which are of benefit to its members
• Communicate with all PPN members and disseminate information concerning all PPN activities
• Ensure the proper functioning of the PPN
• Devise a work plan and proposals to present to the Plenary
• Work closely with PPN Staff to enable them to deliver the PPN objectives
• Support the strategic development of the Dublin City PPN
• Work to ensure that the profile of the PPN is raised and inclusive
• Work to ensure that representatives and linkage groups are participative
• ONLY MEMBERS OF THAT PILLAR CAN NOMINATE FOR THAT PILLAR for example, only groups registered within the Community and Voluntary Pillar can nominate within that pillar.

The Secretariat meet on a monthly basis (or as required) and are required to attend regional meetings (twice a year) and PPN events.

Persons being nominated to the Secretariat should have some or all of the following skills and attributes:
• A keen interest and awareness of general issues in the pillar you are seeking to represent
• Be working on the ground, on a voluntary or paid basis, in a community group
• Good organisational skills
• Experience of taking part on a board or committee
• A commitment to attend meetings and PPN events and participating fully in the duties of the Secretariat

Nomination and Election Process:
Completed nomination forms should be returned by 5pm on Wednesday 22nd November 2017, by e-mail to  or by post to: Dublin City PPN, Block 3, Floor 1, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.

Once collated, and based on the nomination information submitted, a candidate information document will be circulated to all PPN groups, in advance of the election.

The election will be held on Monday 27th November at 6pm in the Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council and candidates are expected to be present on the night. If candidates are unable to attend the election they must contact Nina Farrell prior to the election and nominate another person from their group to attend on their behalf.

If you have any queries please e-mail:  or phone Nina Farrell at (01) 222 3851.

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